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Repertoires of ‘migrant names’: an inquiry into mundane identity production

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posted on 12.04.2021, 08:30 by Aija LulleAija Lulle
This paper examines how, when and where personal names are produced as ‘migrant names’. Drawing on 21 interviews with young Irish and Latvian migrants in the UK, I demonstrate how mundane stories, linguistic details, and repertoires about migrant names are embodied, mobile, relational, and produce everyday social distinctions. Empirical analysis unpacks changes in naming stories throughout participants’ multiple migration trajectories in Ireland, Latvia, the UK and beyond. I argue for a geographically sensitive take on migrant names because they are produced as such through recognisable repertoires of displacement and then re-emplaced in certain spaces and times. The paper makes three main original contributions. The first is to interdisciplinary literatures on names, specifically on the significance of temporal and spatial contexts and the relationalities underpinning the production of migrant names. Second, it brings to geographies of identities novel understandings of ethnic and national power relations in naming practices, including an emphasis on the process of ambiguous whiteness. Finally, I contribute much-needed methodological propositions on how to pseudonymise names in migration research.

Funding

Horizon 2020 Programme project YMOBILITY, grant number 649491

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Social & Cultural Geography

Pages

1 - 19

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social & Cultural Geography on 01 Apr 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2021.1910991

Acceptance date

09/02/2021

Publication date

2021-04-01

ISSN

1464-9365

eISSN

1470-1197

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Aija Lulle. Deposit date: 9 April 2021